April 15, 2015

Embossed Metal Altered Cigar Box


Glad to be back in blog-land... has been a long time, but I've been busy in the studio playing with embossed metal.  It all started during a long Skype with Hels.  I had an old cigar box that was just begging to be altered.  So I pulled out my Ten Seconds Studio molds and metal and got to work.

Here is the before picture...

As you can see, this box was pretty worn with lots of tears and chips, so I decided to paint it all black with a double coat of black gesso.

Then I picked out a cool metal mold and a sheet of red metal and got to work embossing.  I started with a large paper stump, then moved to a smaller paper stump, and finally used a detail tool to bring out all the fine details of the pattern.

I adhered the metal to the box using ultra-sticky adhesive sheets, and enforced the edges using a texture wheel.  Then painted over the whole sheet with black paint and wiped it back to reveal the red metal, but leaving the black paint behind in the grooves of the pattern.    

The sides of the box were done using an embossing folder and my trusty Vagabond machine - SO much easier than hand-embossing, and I love this geometric pattern.

I decided to do another hand-embossed sheet for the inside of the box lid.  Once all the metal pieces were adhered, I sanded over the raised area to reveal the raw metal.  It really brings the whole thing to life.

I've had these glass drawer pull knobs in my stash for years and decided to finally put them to use.  I couldn't find a screw that was short enough to use, so I just adhered it to the lid with gel medium.

After it was dry, I decided to add a shiny finish to the surface.  I painted a layer of Ranger's Patina Gloss Glaze - I LOVE this stuff!  It dries quickly, leaves a silky smooth finish, and it's just gorgeous!

Hope you enjoyed.  I've got a lot more boxes to share.  Some cigar boxes, and some small unfinished wooden boxes from the craft store.  I'm thinking of setting up a shopping page on the blog, or an Etsy site so I can offer them for sale.  So tell me... would you buy one?  Let me know!

Take care - I'll be back soon with more to share.  Good to be back.

~ ellen.


Patti Parrish said...


ruthanne said...

Love that you have done. i have several hanging around, hope to create someone in near future. Thank you for inspiration.

whyducks said...

Love it!

Wanda Hentges said...

A gorgeous box, Ellen!!!

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

That is gorgeous.

Joan said...

Really cool box. Love your embossed metal sheeting.

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